John Walker, English inventor, c 1830.
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John Walker, English inventor, c 1830.

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John Walker (1781-1859) invented the friction match. Walker worked as an apothecary in Stockton, and spent his spare time finding ways of producing fire, and in 1827 began to sell the first friction matches. Despite not patenting his invention, Walker benefited financially from his invention.

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